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Obituaries from June 2009

Morgan Jane Sitzman (06/30/09)
Dec. 9, 2008-June 27, 2009 LINCOLN -- Morgan Jane Sitzman, age 6 months, died Saturday (June 27, 2009) at her home in Lincoln as a result of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type I. She was born Dec. 9, 2008, to Katie and Eric Sitzman of Lincoln. Surviving are her parents Katie and Eric Sitzman of Lincoln; grandparents, Larry and Sally Sitzman, formerly of Culbertson, now of Lincoln, and Tom and Suzi Fischer of Omaha; aunts and uncles, Eddie and Maggie Sitzman of Johnstown, Colo., and son Chase; Jason Sitzman and finance, Cassandra Cronin of Winter Park, Colo., and Dr. ...
Betty Lou Hyde (06/30/09)
April 6, 1927-June 25, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Betty Lou Hyde, 82, died Thursday (June 25, 2009), at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was born April 6, 1927, at Neoga, Ill., to Fred and Eva Jane Scoles. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother; a sister; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren...
Floren A. 'Shob' Hyke (06/29/09)
March 16, 1928 - June 27, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Floren A. " Shob" Hyke, 81, of Wilsonville, died Saturday (June 27, 2009) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. He was born March, 16,1928, on a farm northwest of Hendley to Floyd and Hazel (Boop) Hyke. He grew up in Furnas County, living near Hendley, north of Arapahoe and south of Beaver City and attended rural school through the eighth grade...
Erma Sophia (Fleischacker) McDougal (06/30/09)
May 12, 1918-June 27, 2009 ATWOOD -- Erma Sophia (Fleischacker) McDougal, 91, died Saturday (June 27, 2009), at the Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. She was born May 12, 1918, to John and Sophia (Goltl) Fleischacker. On Aug. 10, 1938, she married G. Kenneth McDougal at Oberlin. They farmed northeast of Ludell until moving to Atwood in 1986. She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Atwood...
Gerald M. "Jerry" Spilinek (06/29/09)
Dec. 14, 1930 - June 26, 2009 Gerald Spilinek, 78, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at his home in McCook. He was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Elba to Anton and Esther Spilinek. He attended school at Elba and graduated from Elba High School in 1948. Gerald served our country in the Army during the Korean War from Aug. 6, 1952 to July 20, 1954. He returned home to help with the family farm...
H. Leo Hanes (06/29/09)
Sept. 19, 1915 - June 26, 2009 CURTIS -- H. Leo Hanes, 93, of Curtis, passed away on June 26, 2009, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg. 
 He was born Sept. 19, 1915. to Harvey Ellsworth and Fern (Blake) Hanes at Freedom. He grew up eight miles south of Stockville attending school at Champion Dist. No. 33. He graduated from Havana High School in 1932...
Mary Lucille Bodfield (06/29/09)
July 15, 1956 - June 26, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Mary Lucille Bodfield, 52, of Beaver City, died Friday (June 26, 2009) at her home after a long battle with cancer.
 She was born July 15, 1956, to Edwin Imler and Anita (Welch) Stickelman at Gothenburg. She attended school at Brady. She grew up in Brady and Gothenburg...
Letha R. Hoffman (06/26/09)
April 16, 1920- June 19, 2009 CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Letha R. Hoffman, 89, of Cheyenne, Wyo., died June 19, 2009, at Mountain Towers Healthcare.

She was born April 16, 1920, in McCook, Neb., and had lived in Cheyenne since 1943.

She was a clerk for the Cheyenne Credit Bureau retiring in 1984.

She was a member of Zion Congregational Church, the Eagle's Auxiliary and the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by her son, Fredrick Hoffman of Cheyenne; three sisters, Betty Brauer of Westminster, Colo., Joann Troyer of Northglenn, Colo., and Lila Liebrandt of McCook; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Fredric Hoffman; parents, Arthur and Gladys Burton; a brother, Cecil Burton and three sisters, Ethel Crocker, Pauline Esch and Leona Mathena.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. ...
Susie Alberta Galusha (06/26/09)
Sept. 7, 1907-June 26, 2009 Susie Alberta Galusha died Friday, June 26, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. She was 101 years old. Susie was born on Sept. 7, 1907, at the family farm near Marion in Red Willow County to Albert Hiland and Flora Dena (Martin) Wagy. She lived in a sod house as a child and attended rural school near Marion...
Evelyn Grace Thompson (06/24/09)
Jan. 12, 1921 - June 5, 2009 Evelyn Grace Thompson of McCook died Friday, June 5, 2009, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. She was 88 years old. Evelyn was born on Jan. 12, 1921, in Guide Rock to James Edward "Doc" and Lily Florence (Willett) Mann. She graduated from Guide Rock High School in 1938...
Dr. E. Maxine Bennett (06/24/09)
July 14, 1915 - Dec. 23, 2008 CAMBRIDGE -- Dr. Eleanor Maxine Bennett, 93, died Dec. 23, 2008, in Madison, Wis. She was born July 14, 1915, in Beaver City to Irvin and Mary Ann (Polly) Bennett. When she was 3, the family moved to Cambridge where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1932. She went on to Hastings College, graduating in 1936...
Bessie Jean Hendrix (06/24/09)
June 17, 1921 - June 22, 2009 BENKELMAN -- Bessie Jean Hendrix, 88, died Monday (June 22, 2009) at Dundy County Hospital in Benkelman. She was born June 17, 1921, in Cheyenne County in the Big Timber Community to George and Grace (Amsberry) Seitz, and...
Florence Zodrow (06/24/09)
July 1, 1922 - June 22, 2009 LEOVILLE, Kan. -- Florence Zodrow, 86, died Monday (June 22, 2009) at Hays Medical Center in Hays, Kan. She was born July 1, 1922, to Bernard "Ben" and Barbara (Geisinger) Kruse in rural Sheridan County, Kan. She grew up on a farm in Sheridan County and attended Leoville High School. She then attended Marymount College...
Mary L. (Orin) Holst-Avery (06/23/09)
June 29, 1936 -- Jan. 27, 2009 ATLANTA, Ga. -- Mary Lorraine (Orin) Avery, age 72, passed away Jan. 27, 2009, in Atlanta, Ga., surrounded by her family. Mary was born in Culbertson on June 29, 1936, to Charles "Jack" and Eloise (Moore) Orin and grew up on the family ranch south of Culbertson where her grandfather, Ed Orin, raised horses and trained Kentucky Derby winner and member of the Jockey Hall of Fame, Steve Brooks. ...
Stanley M. Parker (06/23/09)
April 4, 1921 - June 20, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Stanley M. Parker, 88, died Saturday (June 20, 2009) at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. He was born in South Windham, Maine on April 4, 1921, to Dana and Gladys (Lawlar) Parker. He graduated from Fredrick Rhobe High School in South Windham...
Elinor Blobaum (06/23/09)
Jan. 24, 1921 - June 19, 2009 WAUNETA -- Elinor Jean Blobaum, 88, died Friday (June 19, 2009) at Linden Court Nursing Home in North Platte. She was born Jan. 24, 1921, in Hayes County to George William and Elsie (Israel) Branum. She attended country grade school and graduated from Wauneta High School in 1938. ...
Frances E. (Greene) Erickson (06/22/09)
McDONALD, Kan. -- Frances E. (Greene) Erickson, 92, died Friday (June 19, 2009) at Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood. Survivors include her sons, Glenn and wife, Earlene of Fort Morgan, Colo., Wayne and wife, Kandy of Brush, Colo., and Rich and wife, Judy of Fort Morgan, Colo.; daughter, Kay and husband, Gail Miller of McDonald, Kan.; 17 grandchildren; and numerous other relatives...
Clarence Jaeger (06/19/09)
Archie Bowman (06/22/09)
Nov. 2, 1912 - June 15, 2009 PALISADE -- Archie Bowman was born to Harry and Mertie Baker Bowman in a sod house south of Palisade, Nebraska on Nov. 2, 1912, and passed away on June 15, 2009, in Greenwood Village, Colo. He married Jean Mardelle Barker from Max in 1936. ...
Kathleen Rae (Groves) Becker (06/18/09)
Sept. 11, 1952 -- June 16, 2009 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Kathy passed away gracefully at the age of 56 after a five year struggle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born Sept. 11, 1952, in McCook to Harold and Mary Lou Groves (deceased). Kathy grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., from the age of two and graduated from Palmer High School in 1970. ...
Oma Orvilla Stott (06/19/09)
May 18, 1919 - June 17, 2009 Oma Orvilla Stott died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at Community Hospital in McCook. She was 90. She was born in Benkelman to Justin Evans and Zella Leona (Rickard) Davis on May 18, 1919. She graduated from McCook High School in 1937...
Lloyd Beneda (06/18/09)
April 12, 1907 - June 17, 2009 OBERLIN -- Lloyd Beneda, 102, died Tuesday (June 17, 2009) at Cedar Living Center in Oberlin. He was born April 12, 1907, in Norcatur, Kan., to James and Mary (Ruzicka) Beneda Sr. He grew up on a farm north of Oberlin and attended Lone Star Country School...
Berwin 'Jack' McNeice (06/18/09)
Sept. 2, 1920 - June 12, 2009 SUN CITY, Ariz. -- Berwin "Jack" McNeice, died June 12, 2009, at his home in Sun City, Ariz. He was born Sept. 2, 1920, and was a long time resident of Culbertson and McCook. He and his wife, Berniece moved to Sun City in 1982...
Velma L. Millard (06/16/09)
July 4, 1928 - June 15, 2009 HASTINGS -- Velma L. Millard, 80, died Monday (June 15, 2009) at Perkins Pavilion in Hastings. She was born July 4, 1928, in Holbrook to Walter and Mabel (Mills) Nelson. She graduated from high school. On Feb. 6, 1953, she married Barney Millard. She was a homemaker and secretary/bookkeeper for Snitker Enterprises...
Orville H. Mockry (06/16/09)
July 1, 1927 - June 13, 2009 Orville Hugo Mockry, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook, at the age of 81. He was born July 1, 1927, at Norcatur, Kan., the son of the late Otto and Irena (Lent) Mockry. Orville grew up in Decatur County, near Cedar Bluffs and graduated from rural school...
Patricia M. Bell (06/15/09)
Sept. 14, 1954 - June 8, 2009 DENTON, Texas -- Patricia M. Bell, 54, died Monday (June 8, 2009) at Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, Texas. She was born Sept. 14, 1954, in North Platte to Stanley Dean and Monica Josephine (Pitner) Hamilton. She attended the University of Nebraska, TWU and graduated from UNT. She was a mental health counselor for AIDS Services of North Texas...
Evelyn M. Keezer (06/15/09)
March 7, 1921 - June 10, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Evelyn M. Keezer, 88, died Wednesday (June 10, 2009) at Beaver City Manor. She was born March 7, 1921, at Beaver City to Christopher and Ethel (Turner) Clason. She grew up in Beaver City and graduated from Beaver City High School in 1939. Following graduation she taught rural school south of Beaver City for several years...
Lloyd Joseph Frederick (06/15/09)
Dec. 29, 1928 - June 12, 2009 TRENTON -- Lloyd Joseph Frederick died Friday, June 12, 2009, at his home in Trenton. He was 80 years old. Lloyd was born Dec. 29, 1928, on a farm near Humboldt, Kan., to Raymond and Clara (Westerman) Frederick. He attended rural country school. He entered the U.S. Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged and reenlisted into the Army and was again honorably discharged on Jan. 28, 1954...
Norma Niemeier (06/12/09)
ARAPAHOE  -- Norma Niemeier, 78, formerly of Holbrook, died Thursday (June 11, 2009) at Cambridge Manor. Funeral services will be Monday, 10:30 a.m., at Wenburg Funeral Home in Arapahoe with the Rev. David Feddern officiating. Interment will be at St. Matthews Cemetery in Arapahoe...
Boyd Delane Miller (06/11/09)
Sept. 4, 1941 - June 10, 2009 CULBERTSON -- Boyd Delane Miller died Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at his home in Culbertson after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 67 years old. Boyd was born Sept. 4, 1941, in Stapleton to Lloyd Dewayne and Halcyon Victoria (Lutes) Miller. He graduated from Indianola High School in 1960 and continued his education at McCook College. He served with the National Guard from 1960 until 1961...
Joyce Blake (06/11/09)
March 9, 1939 - June 9, 2009 SUTHERLAND -- Joyce Blake, 70, of Sutherland, fought a courageous battle with cancer and went to heaven to be with her family on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at Sutherland Care Center in Sutherland. Joyce was born Erla Joyce Petersen on March 9, 1939, to Earl and Josephine McNiece Petersen in Culbertson. ...
Nettie O. Britton (06/10/09)
Oct. 26, 1916 - June 8, 2009 JENNINGS, Kan. -- Nettie O. Britton, 92, died Monday (June 8, 2009) at Plainville, Kan. She was born Oct. 26, 1916, in rural Jennings to Henry and Helen (Skubal) Prachejl. She grew up on a farm southwest of Jennings and attended Jackson and Rock Island County Schools. She graduated from Jennings Junior/Senior High School...
Verl Ray Cook (06/10/09)
Jan. 2, 1953 - June 8, 2009 OBERLIN -- Verl Ray Cook, 56, died Monday (June 8, 2009) at Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was born Jan. 2, 1953, at Oberlin to Royce and Lola (Derley) Cook. He grew up on a farm northeast of Oberlin and attended Vallonia and Oberlin Elementary and graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1971...
Michael Jon Russell (06/10/09)
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. -- Michael Jon Russell, age 64, of 271 Tara Nova Drive, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at his residence. Mike was a native of McCook. He had resided in Haywood County since 1991 and was the son of the late Jack and Mildred Loux Russell. He graduated from McCook High School in 1962 and McCook Junior College before completing his Bachelor's Degree in physical therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1966...
Geraldine Willmann Eckhardt Johnson (06/09/09)
May 24, 1928 -- June 6, 2009 PALISADE, Colo. -- Geraldine passed away in Palisade, Colo., on June 6, 2009 at the age of 81. Geraldine was born on May 24, 1928, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to George and Amelia (Amen) Willmann. She grew up in Culbertson and graduated from Culbertson High School in May 1945. Geraldine married George Eckhardt June 10, 1945, they had one child, Cathy Jo. He preceded her in death in Denver, Colo., in 1959...
Tyson Avery Sayer (06/09/09)
Sept. 8, 1995 - June 4, 2009 CAMBRIDGE -- Tyson Avery Sayer, 13, died at Cambridge Memorial Hospital on Thursday, June 4, 2009, as the result of an ATV accident. Tyson was born in Holdrege, Sept. 8, 1995, to Gregg and Andrea (Farr) Sayer. Tyson grew up in Cambridge going to Cambridge Public School where he was a seventh grader. He was active in sports: football and track...
Walter Albert Hofman (06/09/09)
June 11, 1916 - June 4, 2009 IMPERIAL -- Walter Albert Hofman, 92, died Thursday (June 4, 2009) at his home. He was born on June 11, 1916, southeast of McCook to Henry Hofman, Sr. and Dorothea Wall Hofman. He was baptized and was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church at Ash Creek by the Rev. Fredrickson...
Arthur May (06/09/09)
Jan. 11, 1919 - June 7, 2009 OBERLIN -- Arthur May, 90, died Saturday (June 7, 2009) at Decatur County Hospital in Oberlin. He was born Jan. 11, 1919, in rural Oberlin to Ernest and Martha (Voelker) May. He grew up on the family farm northwest of Oberlin and attended Mount Pleasant and St. John's Parochial Schools and graduated from Decatur Community High School in 1937...
Dorothy Somers 'Dot' Britt (06/08/09)
Feb. 27, 1932 - June 2, 2009 Dorothy Somers "Dot" Britt, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte at the age of 77. She was born Feb. 27, 1932, at Mitchell, S.D., the daughter of the late Dan and Bess (Gallagher) Low. Dorothy grew up at Beatrice, where she graduated from Beatrice High School in 1950. In 1954, she graduated from the University of Nebraska Teachers College with a Bachelors Degree in education...
Kathleen Collins (06/08/09)
May 17, 1919 - June 5, 2009 IMPERIAL -- Kathleen Collins, 90, died Friday (June 5, 2009) at El Dorado Manor in Trenton. She was born May 17, 1919, at Shelton to Albert and Clara (Eggers) Johnston. She was baptized into the Lutheran Faith as an infant and grew up on a farm near Gibbon. She attended elementary school in Gibbon through the eighth grade. She then moved with her family to Kenesaw...
Carl 'Champ' A Rossitto (06/08/09)
Nov. 15, 1941 - June 6, 2009 OMAHA -- Carl "Champ" A. Rossitto, of Omaha, passed away at the age of 67 on June 6, 2009. He was born Nov. 15, 1941, in North Platte to Carl and Arlene Rossitto. He grew up in McCook and graduated from McCook Senior High School. He entered the U.S. Navy and served during the VietNam war...
Donald Paul Ogorzolka (06/08/09)
Feb. 7, 1923 - June 5, 2009 Donald Paul Ogorzolka, 86, died Friday (June 5, 2009) at Hillcrest Nursing Home in McCook. He was born in Cambridge on Feb. 7, 1923, to Anthony and Marie (Olmstead) Ogorzolka. He went to country school and later graduated from Cambridge High School in 1941...
Elsie Boucher (06/05/09)
Sept. 2, 1918-June 3, 2009 LINCOLN -- Elsie Boucher, 90, of Lincoln, Neb., (formerly of Columbus, Neb.) died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb. Services will be Monday, June 8, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., at the First Christian Church in Kearney, Neb., with Pastor Lew Champ officiating...
L. Sue Black (06/05/09)
May 12, 1956-June 4, 2009 OBERLIN - L. Sue Black, 53, died Thursday (June 4, 2009), at the Dreiling-Schmidt Cancer Center in Hays, Kan. She was born May 12, 1956, in McCook, to Leo and Bonnie (Beachler) Weskamp. She attended St. Patrick Parochial, McCook High School and Colby Community College...
Billie Jo Jordan (06/05/09)
March 26, 1967-June 3, 2009 LEBANON -- Billie Jo Jordan, 42, died Wednesday (June 3, 2009), at her home in Lebanon. She was born March 26, 1967, in Cheyenne, Wyo., to William Earl and Alberta Jean (Stanton) McCaleb. On Sept. 26, 2003, she married Harold W. Jordan. She was a homemaker...
Denis W. Tongish (06/04/09)
April 24, 1925 - June 2, 2009 HERNDON -- Denis W. Tongish, 84, died, Tuesday (June 2, 2009) at Presbyterian Manor in Newton, Kan. He was born April 24, 1925, in Herndon to John and Mary (Hutfles) Tongish. He grew up on the family farm, attended St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Herndon High School in 1943...
Mabel Wilma (Lefdal) Wood Baker (06/03/09)
Jan. 30, 1916 - May 28, 2009 NORTH PLATTE -- Mabel W. (Lefdal) Wood Baker, 93 of North Platte passed away May 28, 2009, at Linden Court. She was born in Howard, S. D. on Jan. 30, 1916, to William Samuel Andreas and Matilda Elsie (Roti) Lefdal. She was baptized in 1916 in the Belleview Lutheran Church. ...
Bette L. Liesemeyer (06/03/09)
June 22, 1930 - May 31, 2009 LINCOLN -- Bette L. Liesemeyer, 78, Lincoln, passed away Sunday May 31, 2009, in Lincoln. Born in Unadilla on June 22, 1930, to Famous and Carrie Rodger, she was a 1947 graduate of Syracuse High School. She married Wayne W. Liesemeyer, on April 15, 1957. She was a mother to five children. The family lived in Lincoln, Scottsbluff and McCook...
Earl D. 'Del' Henton (06/03/09)
Nov. 8, 1914 - April 22, 2009 SPOKANE, Wash. -- Earl D. "Del" Henton, 94, died April 22, 2009, at Park Place/Claire Bridge in Spokane, Wash. He was born Nov. 8, 1914, in Danbury to Burr and Vaire Henton. He graduated from Danbury High School in 1932. After graduation, he worked on a farm with his uncle Hugh and aunt Lucille Godown in Spokane...
Blanch Leota Feusner (06/03/09)
Feb. 6, 1910 - June 2, 2009 BEAVER CITY -- Blanch Leota Feusner, 99, died Tuesday (June 2, 2009) at Beaver City Manor. She was born Feb. 6, 1910, at Beaver City to Justin and Maud (Elder) Foss. She graduated from Beaver City High School in 1927. Following her graduation she taught school for two years in Furnas County Rural School...
Janice Irene Keeler (06/02/09)
May 30, 1964 - June 1, 2009 FORT COLLINS, Colo. --Janice Irene Keeler, 45, of Fort Collins passed away June 1, 2009. Janice was born on May 30, 1964, Memorial Day, to Ben and Gail Keeler in Scottsbluff. In 1965, the family moved to McCook, where Janice grew up. She moved to California in 1986 and later to Florida...
Margie Kompus Howland (06/02/09)
June 10, 1920 - May 29, 2009 THORNTON, Colo. -- Margie Kompus Howland, 88, died Friday (May 29, 2009) in Thornton. She was born June 10, 1920, to Mathias and Emma (Kleidosty) Berger of rural Herndon. On Aug. 25, 1937, she married Francis Kompus in Herndon. He died Oct. 8, 1959...